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Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2012 is Powered by Marcato

September 9, 2011 | Music PEI is very happy to announce an exciting new partnership with Marcato Digital Solutions. This partnership provides significant benefits to artists submitting for Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2012 awards and showcases. Thanks to Marcato Festival, web-based festival management software developed in Atlantic Canada, the submission process will be easier than ever before as submissions will be completed online for the first time in Music PEI's history. The technology provided by Marcato helps artists eliminate time consuming paper work and reduce expenses related to submitting multiple CDs.

"This is a great positive step forward for Music PEI and our members. It will reduce the time required to submit for awards, reduce the number of physical CDs (and cost) for those artists submitting in multiple recording categories and reduce our carbon footprint which benefits everyone" said Music PEI Executive Director Rob Oakie.

Marcato CEO Darren Gallop said, “We're excited to add Music PEI to the growing list of Festivals & Conferences around the world powered by Marcato and welcome them to the future of Festival Management. Music PEI plays a fundamental role in advancing the careers of Island musicians and we're proud to help make that easier for everyone involved.”

Submissions for Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2012 awards and showcases open on Monday, September 12th at 5:00pm. All PEI artists who released recordings between May 1, 2010 and October 30th, 2011, and who are current members of Music PEI are eligible to submit. Only artists who are submitting for music awards may submit for showcases. The deadline to submit for awards and showcases is October 31st, 2011 at 5:00pm.

The Music PEI Awards & Stages Committee and the Board of Directors have accepted and approved changes to several award categories for 2012 after extensive analysis and consideration. For a list of these changes, as well all as a list of all award categories, showcases, and submission guidelines please visit musicpei.com/music-pei-week/submissions.php.

Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2012 takes place January 13-21. The event is an annual celebration of Island music from East to West, with up to 29 industry awards given to those who have made their mark on the music industry in the past year. In addition to the awards gala, Music PEI Week also includes a Songwriters Concert, Music Mosaic, Friday Night Live, and other showcases and workshops.

Music PEI, founded in 2001 as the Prince Edward Island Music Awards Association, is a non-profit member services organization devoted to advancing careers of Island musicians. Music PEI is actively seeking ways to promote, foster and develop artists and the music industry on PEI. The Association acts as an advocate for the Island music industry and a representative at the national table.

Marcato Digital Solutions is an Atlantic Canadian software company focused on developing web-based productivity solutions for the music industry. Their products include Marcato Musician (marcatomusician.com) and Marcato Festival (marcatofestival.com). Marcato Musician lets artists and band managers track communications, schedule bookings, stay on top of tasks and deadlines, manage contacts and venues, store files in a centralized file manager, promote upcoming gigs on websites and social networks, and generate printable tour itineraries and media kits. Marcato Festival offers similar features to festival organizers, helping them manage artists, shows, workshops, volunteers, media, logistics and communications.

Music PEI programs and activities are made possible through the ongoing support of the provincial departments of Tourism and Culture and Innovation and Advanced Learning as well as ACOA, Canadian Heritage, the City of Charlottetown and FACTOR.